Board of Directors

Simon Partington (President)

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Simon is originally from Woodstock New Brunswick, and graduated from Saint Mary’s University in Halifax. Simon graduated from with a Bachelor of Commerce degree, double majoring in Finance and Small Business & Entrepreneurship. At Saint Mary’s, Simon was a member of the Board of Governors, Student Body President and Class Valedictorian.
Moving to Toronto to find work in Finance, he started his career at Richardson Partners Financial where he started as an assistant. He is now a Partner of Richardson GMP, managing over 100 million of client assets with the McKay Partington Wealth Management Team. His area of focus is portfolio management and asset allocation for clientele. Simon assists clients planning for retirement, as well with tax and insurance strategies. Simon is insurance licensed, a Registered Investment Advisor and has earned both the Chartered Financial Planner CFP and Chartered Investment Manager CIM designations.

 Chris Crowell (Board Chair, Events)

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Chris Crowell is a creative professional and technology evangelist with fifteen plus years of strategic partnership, sales and operations experience in big tech and startups alike (he founded two). He holds both a LL.B. (JD) and MBA and has exceptional board, strategic advisory and community engagement experience. Chris is a past winner of Dalhousie University’s Outstanding Young Alumnus award.
Chris assembled the team that founded East Coast Connected in 2007 and chaired the first two Atlantic Business Summits . Chris currently leads Worldwide Licensing at OpenText.

Peter Moorhouse

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Originally from Toronto, Peter has made Halifax his home for the past ten years, and has strong ties to each region. Workforce development has been the focus of his career, spanning executive search and recruitment, economic development, MBA career services, and consulting with cities to attract and retain young professionals. As Vice President, People with T4G, his role is to ensure that the organization wins the talent war for the most innovative technology and business professionals. Peter has been heavily involved in the community, including his role as founding Chair of FUSION Halifax. He has served on the board of Junior Achievement of Nova Scotia, and is currently on the boards of Easter Seals Nova Scotia and Digital Nova Scotia.

Melissa Edwards

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Melissa is a proud East Coaster from Halifax, Nova Scotia. She relocated to the great city of Toronto in 2011 after embracing a career growth opportunity with Canada’s largest fitness chain, GoodLife Fitness. With ten years experience in the Health & Wellness industry, having held leadership positions in Sales Management, Marketing and Public Relations, Melissa currently serves as a Senior Manager & National Marketing Liaison within GoodLife’s Business Development Department. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Public Relations with Certificate in Marketing (High Distinction, Co-Operative Education), and is working towards completion of her MBA (part-time). She is an active member of the Women’s Executive Network (WXN, Toronto). Alongside like-minded Atlantic Canadians living and working in Toronto, Melissa looks forward to positively impacting ECC’s vision for growth.

Lynette Manderson

Lynette hails from the “Chatham-side” of Miramichi, New Brunswick where she grew up working on her family’s campground (Loggieville). She attended the University of New Brunswick (UNB) where she graduated with a BSc in Biochemistry and served as VP Student Services for 2 consecutive terms at the UNB Student Union. For the entirety of her career, Lynette has worked within the healthcare and pharmaceutical industry for Shoppers Drug Mart Specialty Health Network (SDMSHN). Her experience spans insurance navigation, market access and drug reimbursement, pharmacy and wholesaling logistics, project and program management , and consulting within these disciplines. Most recently she leads the strategic focus for the Hepatitis business at SDMSHN, managing over $25 million in business. Lynette is Six Sigma trained and Canadian Continuing Pharmaceutical Education-certified. Lynette began with East Coast Connected in 2008 co-chairing the ECC Army, the previously branded social arm of the organization. She has participated on the charity ball committee and various ECC committees since that time. Lynette has joined the board in 2014 in the capacity of Director responsible for our earmark event, the ECC Charity Ball. For volunteers interested in assuming a role on the organizing committee, please forward your name, contact information and area of interest/s to

Greg MacNeil

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Greg is a Senior Consultant and Research Lead at Navigator. He brings extensive experience in qualitative and quantitative research, as well as strategic communications. Before joining Navigator, Greg served as issues manager and press secretary to Ontario’s Minister of Natural Resources, and later as press secretary to the Minister of Education. While at Queen’s Park, he provided strategic communications advice to key decision-makers and successfully coordinated the government’s response to a number of crisis situations. Prior to his time at Queen’s Park, Greg worked as an Account Director for a public affairs firm in Ottawa, where he advised clients in the private, public and not-for-profit sectors, and led numerous quantitative and qualitative client research projects. Greg is originally from Halifax, Nova Scotia, and is a graduate of Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario.

Katie MacDonald

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Katie is a born-and-bred East Coaster from Halifax, Nova Scotia. After working in the Pharmaceutical industry for several years, she has recently relocated to downtown Toronto to continue her career with the global BioPharma company, Bristol-Myers Squibb (BMS.) With over ten years experience in Medical Devices, Public Relations, Territory Management, and Pharmaceutical Sales, she is enthusiastic about networking in Toronto with her fellow East Coasters. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Public Relations (Highest Distinction, Co-Operative Education) and looks forward to excelling in her career and leading a major BioPharma company someday. Overall Katie is looking forward to enhancing the East Coast Connected (ECC) Board of Directors team and welcoming all members who “talk-funny” and say “hi” openly to strangers within the GTA.

Scott Howard

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Scott leads Business Development for Coral CEA a builder of Open Innovation based Technology Platforms. For the last 6 years Scott has worked in the Toronto Startup community, connecting entrepreneurs with opportunity. At Coral CEA, Scott works to build ecosystems to drive innovation & commercialization for Startups, SME and Enterprise with Communication Enabled Applications. In this role, Scott has managed the placement of over $2.4m in capital to the earliest stage companies in the emerging tech market.
Scott lives in downtown Toronto with his wife Stephanie. After growing up in Halifax and graduating High School in Omaha, Nebraska, Scott earned a BA in Political Science & History from the University of Western Ontario.

Nathan Snowie

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Nathan is currently a Senior Associate in the Corporate Finance Group of Grant Thornton LLP, a leading Canadian accounting and business advisory firm that provides audit, tax, and advisory services to both private and public organizations. He spent 3 years in the firm’s assurance practice across various industries including, but not limited to, real estate, manufacturing, retail, and non-profit organizations. Since joining the firm’s corporate finance practice in 2012, he is now advising on both sell-side and buy-side M&A engagements, performing valuations, facilitating financing and performing transaction advisory and due diligence services.
Nathan completed his bachelor of business administration at the University of Prince Edward Island where he was also a member of the varsity Panthers soccer team. Upon completion of his undergraduate degree, he pursued his Chartered Accountant designation through the Atlantic School of Chartered Accountancy where he was a successful candidate on the 2011 Uniform Final Exam.
Born and raised in Sherwood, Prince Edward Island, Nathan moved to Toronto in the fall of 2011. Outside of work, Nathan is an active member of numerous recreational hockey and soccer teams, and enjoys travelling as frequently as possible.

James Marshall (Chief Technology Officer)

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James is originally from Fredericton, New Brunswick and is a graduate of both University of New Brunswick and Western University. He moved to Toronto in 2012 where he works for BMO Capital Markets in there Trading Products group. Prior to joining the board of ECC, while a grad student at Western University, James was the Chair of the MITACS Student Advisory Committee. He continues to be actively involved in recruiting students and recent graduates into the Financial Services industry.